These are the kinds of things that make me absolutely nuts!
If it were just a case of bad doctrine, it could be hammered out, researched, prayed over, and discussed.
It’s not, however, just a case of bad doctrine. It’s a case of bad doctrine being spewed by someone with authority and a platform to reach and poison the spiritual understanding of many.
Televangelist Andrew Wommack hosted a Facebook question and answer time on Facebook Tuesday night, as a lead-in to his usual Truth & Liberty livestream event.
At some point, the pastor was asked by a viewer why so many Christians were “blinded” and couldn’t see how God could be using Donald Trump.
It’s the same kind of nonsense I have dealt with in a thousand interactions since the election. Trump, with his adulteries, cheating, scamming, lying, and abusiveness is King David. He’s King Cyrus. They’ve stopped just shy of assigning messianic qualities to him, in some cases.
Wommack’s answer to this question was the dangerous twisting of Scripture that so many have used to excuse their support of an ungodly man.
Citing a passage from 2 Thessalonians in which Paul warns that, in the Last Days, God will send a “powerful delusion” on those “refused to love the truth,” Wommack said that this is precisely what is happening now.
“How come people can’t see things today?” he asked. “It really defies logic. It really does defy logic. It seems like there is a supernatural deception that’s over people that they can’t see the fallacy of what they’re doing.”
“I do believe that we are in the End Times and this is one of the signs of the End Times,” Wommack said. “I believe that there is a demonic deception that is blinding people today.”
I’ll agree with Wommack on this: There is a great delusion that has overtaken the people.
Otherwise, however, Wommack jumps midstream into that verse in 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12, not giving full context.
Here’s what he read (I’ll give the King James Version, first, and the Amplified Version for clarification):
*“*11And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
12That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”
“Because of this God will send upon them a misleading influence, [an activity of error and deception] so they will believe the lie,12in order that all may be judged and condemned who did not believe the truth [about their sin, and the need for salvation through Christ], but instead took pleasure in unrighteousness.”
You can take that a lot of ways, when it is presented out of context. There’s no doubt in my mind that Wommack meant for it to be taken out of context, but as you see from the Amplified version, the “truth” that people need to accept is about their need for salvation through JESUS CHRIST, not salvation through supporting Donald Trump.
He only briefly referred back the previous verses, so I’ll help out, here.
Nothing in 2 Thessalonians 2 says refusal to accept Donald Trump is demonic.
2 Thessalonians 2:3-7 AMP is a bit more helpful:
*“*3Let no one in any way deceive or entrap you, for that day will not come unless the apostasy comes first [that is, the great rebellion, the abandonment of the faith by professed Christians], and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction [the Antichrist, the one who is destined to be destroyed],4who opposes and exalts himself [so proudly and so insolently] above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he [actually enters and] takes his seat in the temple of God, publicly proclaiming that he himself is God.5Do you not remember that when I was still with you, I was telling you these things?6And you know what restrains him now [from being revealed]; it is so that he will be revealed at his own [appointed] time.7For the mystery of lawlessness [rebellion against divine authority and the coming reign of lawlessness] is already at work; [but it is restrained] only until he who now restrains it is taken out of the way.
Specifically, the Apostle Paul is addressing the church over rumors that the day of the Lord had already come. It had not, nor would it comes until those claiming to be of the Christian faith turned against their beliefs and their professed morals to embrace wickedness.
That is the delusion. They turned from the truth to embrace wickedness and lies, because those things were easier to believe.
No, nothing there was referring to people who reject Donald Trump’s adulteries and abusiveness, so for Wommack to even entertain it, is corrupt.
A more likely scenario is that God is absolutely using Donald Trump, but not for the glorious benefit that the Trump-branded Christians have convinced themselves of.
There’s a strong possibility that God is using him to weed out fickle faith, so maybe they’d better take that into consideration, as well.